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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 10, 2017 • Written by

Breast cancer is a complex disease with no known single cause. In 2015, it is estimated that 25,000 women and 220 men in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and that 5,000 women and 60 men will die from the disease.

To learn more about Breast Cancer please visit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation website.

Notre Dame Campus Window Display

Breast Cancer Awareness Window Display

Check out the Notre Dame Campus Library window display, which highlights books and materials chosen to help you to learn more about this topic. We have included a sample of the items below, however to view a complete list of books in the window display click here: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

 

what-you-need-to-know-about-breast-cancerWhat you need to know about breast cancer : diagnosis, treatment and beyond

An indispensable guide to a disease that continues to occur at an alarming rate. Each year, more than a quarter of a million women in North America learn that they have breast cancer. The good news is that survival rates are improving. Today, four out of five of those women are alive, five years after diagnosis. What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer offers a unique look at the sometimes baffling world of diagnosis, treatment, and healing. Written by breast cancer survivor and activist Pat Kelly and medical oncologist Mark Levine, the book’s honest, compassionate text combines practical medical information with first-hand experience and advice.

 

only-if-you-reallyOnly if you really want to know : breast cancer coping hints and treatment side effects

Happy days await breast cancer patients after making the passage through treatment. This book is a welcome guide for that journey. Breast cancer strikes one in seven women in America. Thanks to great advances in medicine, most patients can survive and live to enjoy life for many years after diagnosis. This book is based on the recent experience of a cancer survivor and walks patients through the unfamiliar and often intimidating world of diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, raditation therapy and eventual recovery. The discussion is frank, open, and factually portrays the reality of what modern breast cancer treatment means to the patient, her family, and friends.

 

Fast Facts: Breast Cancer (eBook)

Provide practical advice on all the key areas of breast cancer management, from risk factors and diagnosis to treatment of all cancer stages. But what really makes it stand out from the crowd is the authors’awareness of the information you need when you talk to a woman concerned about breast cancer.

 

 

 

 

Breast Cancer and the Environment : A Life Course Approach (EBook)

Breast Cancer and the Environment reviews the current evidence on a selection of environmental risk factors for breast cancer, considers gene-environment interactions in breast cancer, and explores evidence-based actions that might reduce the risk of breast cancer. The book also recommends further integrative research into the elements of the biology of breast development and carcinogenesis, including the influence of exposure to a variety of environmental factors during potential windows of susceptibility during the full life course, potential interventions to reduce risk, and better tools for assessing the carcinogenicity of environmental factors.

Saturday Sept 30th is Orange Shirt Day

September 26, 2017 • Written by

Orange Shirt Day occurs annually on Sept 30th and recognizes the harms done to our Indigenous communities, friends and family by the Residential School System.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Reference: http://www.orangeshirtday.org/ 

Residential Schools Library Guide

Learn more about residential schools and their effects on Indigenous peoples.
Residential Schools Library Guide: http://rrclibrary.libguides.com/c.php?g=697597

Notre Dame Campus “Orange Shirt Day” Window Display

Red River College Library has recognized Orange Shirt Day by setting up a window display outside the Notre Dame Campus Library. We have also placed a selection of books in the display. Come by and see what is available, or view a complete list of all books in our display. If you see something you like, inquire at the Circulation Desk inside the library.

UpToDate at Red River College

September 19, 2017 • Written by

up-to-date-iconUpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions.

UpToDate is the premier evidence-based clinical decision support resource, trusted worldwide by healthcare practitioners to help them make the right decisions at the point of care. It is proven to change the way clinicians practice medicine, and is the only resource of its kind associated with improved outcomes.
                                          – www.uptodate.com

Your RRC Student/Staff account will give you free access to UpToDate while you are a student/staff at the college.You just need to:

  1. Initially connect through a special link on the Library website (IMPORTANT!)
  2. Create a username and password at UpToDate.

Do you want detailed instructions? Here they are!

How Should You Access UpToDate?

RRC Students and Faculty should access UpToDate through a special link located on the Library website:

  1. Go to http://library.rrc.ca
  2. On the left hand side of the home page access the link titled “List of Available Databases“.
  3. Look for “UpToDate” in the alphabetical list of resources.
  4. On the RRC instruction page access UpToDate through this link: UpToDate (User Account Access)
  5. You will be asked for your RRC username and password.  Click the green “Continue to the requested resource” button once login is successful.
  6. When you first go to the UpToDate site, you may be asked to register a user profile at UpToDate.com. Do it! If you are not asked to register, then manually click the link in the upper right and register an account for yourself. Registering allows you to access the site via the UpToDate App.

Direct Access to UpToDate

Once you register a personal account with UpToDate you may continue to access the site directly, without going through the RRC Library website. However, when 90 days approaches, you will receive an email prompting you to go back to the RRC Library website and reconnect to UpTo Date, thus refreshing your eligibility for free access to the site.

Using the UpToDate App

Individual subscribers can answer their clinical questions anytime, anywhere by downloading an App for iOS or Android. To use the UpToDate App on your mobile device:

UpToDate App Login Screen

Click the image for a larger version

  1. You must first login to UpToDate through the RRC Library web site via the UpToDate (User Account Access link.  This initial step is critical for UpToDate to link your account with access granted through Red River College.
  2. Register a personal account with UpToDate. Remember the username and password you have set with UpToDate. Note: The first time you login, the registration box will appear. On subsequent visits you may click the “Register” link on upper right of the site.
  3. Download the *Free* UpToDate app from your app store. It is available for both Apple and Android devices.
  4. Open the UpToDate App and login using the personal account you have created at the UpToDate web site. (See image on the right)
  5. You will be granted continuous access through the UpToDate App, however you will be required to refresh your eligibility for access every 90 days by returning to the library website and clicking the link labelled UpToDate (User Account Access.

Questions?

  • The RRC Library maintains an UpToDate Help guide. Consult this guide for the latest in technical information and troubleshooting information.
  • You may contact Mark Nelson for technical support.

 

Come Play Mini-Putt Golf in the Library

May 30, 2017 • Written by

The Notre Dame Campus Library will be holding a mini-golf tournament on on Thursday 8 June 2017 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM. It takes about 15-20 minutes to play the course, no registration is necessary, equipment is provided, it’s free and no actual golf skills are required. Anyone who completes the course will be eligible to win a prize.

Where: Notre Dame Campus Library

When: 11:00AM to 1:00PM – Thursday 8 June 2017

Come and have some fun in the Library!

Earth Day – Saturday 22 April 2017

April 12, 2017 • Written by

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 200 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, held in the USA, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

Reference: http://www.earthday.org/about/

 

Learn More: Books and videos from our collection

We have chosen items from the RRC library collection to help you to learn more about this topic. Most items require login.

The Man From Clear Lake : Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson

On Earth Day 1970 twenty million Americans displayed their commitment to a clean environment. It was called the largest demonstration in human history, and it permanently changed the nation’s political agenda. More than 1 billion people now participate in annual Earth Day activities. The seemingly simple idea—a day set aside to focus on protecting our natural environment—was the brainchild of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. It accomplished, far beyond his expectations, his lifelong goal of putting the environment onto the nation’s and the world’s political agendas. The life of Nelson, a small-town boy who learned his values and progressive political principles at an early age, is woven through the political history of the twentieth century.

 

Beyond Earth Day : Fulfilling the Promise

Gaylord Nelson is known and respected throughout the world as a founding father of the modern environmental movement and creator of one of the most successful and influential public awareness campaigns ever undertaken on behalf of global stewardship: Earth Day. Now in his eighties, Nelson delivers a timely and urgent message with the same eloquence with which he has articulated the nation’s environmental ills through the decades. He details the planet’s most critical concerns—from species and habitat losses to global climate changes and population growth. In outlining his strategy for planetary health, he inspires citizens to reassert the environment as a top priority. A book for anyone who cares deeply about our environment and wants to know what we can and must do now to save it, Beyond Earth Day is a classic guide by one of the natural world’s great defenders.

1000 Days for the Planet

Biodiversity on our planet is in trouble. Plant and animal species are going extinct at a rate unprecedented in earth’s history. Some scientists believe that if nothing is done, between a third and half of all species on earth could disappear by the end of the century. The series 1000 Days for the Planet offers a troubling overview of the situation. Following the journey of the oceanographic schoonerSedna IVand its crew, the series captivates viewers with footage that is strikingly beautiful and spectacular, but also brutally hard to watch at times. Ultimately, however, the accounts of scientists engaged in a never-ending struggle to save our planet’s species make for a truly inspiring story for all citizens of the world.

Sustainability on campus : stories and strategies for change

These personal narratives of greening college campuses offer inspiration, motivation, and practical advice. Written by faculty, staff, administrators, and a student, from varying perspectives and reflecting divergent experiences, these stories also map the growing strength of a national movement toward environmental responsibility on campus. The authors of Sustainability on Campus report from a diverse group of institutions ranging from two-year community colleges to famous research universities. They tell of environmental stewardship on campus, curriculum changes, green building design, working with local communities, and system-wide initiatives.

 

Mother Earth

This short documentary is a celebration of life on planet Earth. Made from haunting visual images selected from 50 years of NFB productions, the film looks at human beings, their place on earth, and their deep interconnection with all other beings. Evocations of forces that threaten the planet and all its inhabitants also offer avenues for reflection. Musical score by Loreena McKennitt.

 

Changes to Student Email coming in March

March 1, 2017 • Written by

During the month of March, Red River College IT Solutions will be moving into the next phase of enhancements to the Student Email system, moving Student Mailboxes to Office 365 in the Cloud.

Students will access the Student Email service in the same manner that they have in the past, by using HUB, and will have the additional benefit of mobile access on their phones or tablets using Microsoft’s Apps.  Student Email using Office 365 will have a similar look and feel to the existing Student Email system, with slight changes in colours and enhanced features.  The email addresses for all students will continue to use the “username@academic.rrc.ca” format, allowing for a smooth transition into the new system and ensuring that communication from Faculty and Staff will continue to flow without issue.

Students will be notified by email of the upcoming change through an All Student email.  Additionally, students will receive an email from ITS on the day prior to their mailbox moving to make them aware of the imminent change.  No action is required by the students for this change to occur.

For further information and help please refer to:
http://blogs.rrc.ca/its/help-resources/

Louis Riel Day – February 20th

February 15, 2017 • Written by

Since this Monday is Louis Riel Day, we’d like to take a moment to encapsulate some of the important resources available to our patrons regarding one of Manitoba’s most controversial historical figures.

Who was Louis Riel?

Louis Riel, a leader of his people in their resistance against the Canadian government in the Canadian Northwest, is perhaps the most controversial figure in Canadian historiography. His life and deeds have spawned a massive and diverse literature.

He was born in the Red River Settlement (in what is now Manitoba) in 1844. A promising student, he was sent to Montreal to train for the priesthood, but he never graduated. An attempt at training as a lawyer ended similarly, and by 1868 Riel was back in the Red River area. Ambitious, well educated and bilingual, Riel quickly emerged as a leader among the Métis of the Red River.

Read More: http://library.usask.ca/northwest/background/riel.htm

Why Commemorate Louis Riel?

Louis Riel is recognized as an advocate of justice for the Métis people, but he represents much more. He helped lay the framework for minority rights and cultural co-operation, and is regarded as a founder of Manitoba. It is very important to remember Louis Riel’s contribution to Canada and specifically to recall that he was executed for being a persistent advocate for the rights of his people. (Reference: http://louisrielday.com/)

In 2008, Manitoba schools were invited to name our province’s newest holiday and 114 responded with suggestions that reflected Manitoba’s citizenship, history, culture, arts, sports and significant individuals from our past. Eleven schools submitted the winning entry and received $1,000 grants to purchase materials for their school library. (Reference: http://louisrielday.com/louis-riel-day-origins/)

Louis Riel Books and Videos

The Red River College Library has dozens of “Louis Riel” related items in our collection. Here is a sample:

Riel’s Defence : Perspectives on His Speeches (eBook)
In 1885, Louis Riel was charged with high treason, found guilty, and consequently executed for his role in Saskatchewan’s North-West Rebellion. During his trial, the Métis leader gave two speeches, passionately defending the interests of the Métis in western Canada as well as his own life. Riel’s Defence studies these speeches, demonstrating the range of Riel’s political and personal concerns. Link: EBSCOhost eBook

Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont
Louis Riel, a controversial Metis mystic and visionary, fought for his people’s rights against an encroaching tide of white settlers. Hunter and Metis leader Gabriel Dumont, a man tested by warfare, was, in contrast, a pragmatic realist of the land. Celebrated novelist Joseph Boyden explores the tumultuous year when Riel and Dumont united the Me´tis while dividing a nation. Could Dumont have forseen the impact on the Me´tis cause when he brought Riel home? While making rational demands of Sir John A. Macdonald, Riel seemed increasingly overtaken by a messianic mission. His controversial execution by the Canadian government in 1885 still reverberates today. Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=112056

Louis Riel : firebrand
Louis Riel devoted his life to the Metis cause. A fiery activist, he struggled against injustice as he saw it. He was a pioneer in the field of Aboriginal rights and land claims but was branded an outlaw in his own time. In 1885, he was executed for treason. In 1992, the House of Commons declared Riel a founder of Manitoba. November 16 is now designated Louis Riel Day in Canada. Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=100518

Louis Riel : a comic-strip biography
Told with dispassionate precision by the legendary cartoonist Chester Brown, this is the story of the charismatic, and perhaps mad, nineteenth century Metis leader, whose struggle to win rights for his people led to violent rebellion on the Canadian frontier. Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=87977

Louis Riel
Champion of a people or traitorous rabble-rouser? Political visionary or religious lunatic? Louis Riel is one of the most ambiguous figures in Canadian history, a man who stood and fell for the Métis nation. Read about the fascinating western icon in this well-paced biography. The doomed struggle of Louis Riel and his Métis people against the new Canadian government is a story rich in drama and cultural change. Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=86278

Riel (Video)
1979 Dramatization of the Riel Rebellion of 1885. Under their leader, Louis Riel, the Metis rise up against the government of Sir John A. MacDonald. Stars Raymond Cloutier as Louis Riel. Also includes Roger Blay, Maury Chaykin, Arthur Hill, Leslie Nielsen, Christopher Plummer and William Shatner in supporting roles.Catalog Record: http://icarus.rrc.mb.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=32674

Louis Riel Quotes

“We must cherish our inheritance. We must preserve our nationality for the youth of our future. The story should be written down to pass on.” – Louis Riel

“I am more convinced everyday that without a single exception I did right. And I have always believed that, as I have acted honestly, the time will come when the people of Canada will see and acknowledge it.” – Louis Riel, 1885

“Yes, I have done my duty. During my life I have aimed at practical results. I hope that after my death my spirit will bring practical results. All that I have done and risked… Rested certainly on the conviction that I was called upon to do something for my country I know that through the grace of God I am the founder of Manitoba.” – Louis Riel, May 6, 1885, Batoche, N.W.T.

Reference: http://www.mmf.mb.ca/louis_riel_quotes.php

Louis Riel’s grave-site, located next to the St. Boniface Basilica.

Louis Riel Tour

Are you looking for a long-weekend activity? Here is a wonderful web page that lists the Louis Riel commemorative locations in and around Winnipeg: http://louisrielday.com/louis-riel-tour/

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking Up Culinary True Stories Well Told

December 9, 2016 • Written by

Every year, Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential comes in and out of the library like a popular restaurant dish, causing the library to add a second copy to keep up with the demand. It’s not surprising considering he has a charisma to go with his knowledge, both displayed on CNN’s ‘Parts Unknown.’

Many believe Bourdain’s book ushered in the era of the ‘celebrity chef’, but his story provides a peek into the workings of a busy restaurant kitchen, something students and staff in the Culinary Arts Program experience with enough stories of their own to fill entire shelves. However, this book represents one part of a vast world and the library offers a few suggestions for those wanting to explore the world of chefs and their kitchens, a place of innovation and a reflection of the world in general.

 

Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen
Author: Deborah A. Harris and Patti Guiffre

A number of recent books, magazines, and television programs have emerged that promise to take viewers inside the exciting world of professional chefs. While media suggest that the occupation is undergoing a transformation, one thing remains clear: being a chef is a decidedly male-dominated job. Over the past six years, the prestigious James Beard Foundation has presented 84 awards for excellence as a chef, but only 19 were given to women. Likewise, Food and Wine magazine has recognized the talent of 110 chefs on its annual Best New Chef list since 2000, and to date, only 16 women have been included. How is it that women the gender most associated with cooking have lagged behind men in this occupation?–Back Cover

 

 

The Making of a Chef : Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America
Author: Michael Ruhlman

In the winter of 1996, journalist Michael Ruhlman donned a chef‘s jacket and houndstooth-check pants to join the students at the Culinary Institute of America, the country’s oldest and most influential cooking school. But The Making of a Chef is not just about holding a knife or slicing an onion, it’s also about the nature and spirit of being a professional cook and the people who enter the profession. As Ruhlman– now an expert on the fundamentals of cooking– recounts his growing mastery of the skills of his adopted profession, he propels himself and his readers through a score of kitchens and classrooms in search of the elusive, unnamable elements of great food. — Back cover.

Michael Ruhlman also wrote a follow-up entitled The Reach of a Chef: Beyond the Kitchen also available at the library.

 

 

Yes, Chef: A Memoir
Author: Marcus Samuelsson

It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister–all battling tuberculosis–walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later, they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus’s new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up–Back Cover

 

 

Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food
Author: Colman Andrews

Ferrari Adria is arguably the greatest culinary revolutionary of our time. Hailed as a genius and a prophet by fellow chefs, worshipped (if often misunderstood) by critics and lay diners alike, Adria is imitated and paid homage to in professional kitchens, and in more than a few private ones, all over the world.
In his lively close-up portrait of Adria, award-winning food writer Colman Andrews traces this groundbreaking chef’s rise from resort-hotel dishwasher to culinary deity, and the evolution of El Bulli from a German-owned beach bar into one of the world’s best restaurants. With a new afterword revealing the future of El Bulli, Perron brings to life the most exciting food movement of our time and illuminates the ways in which Adria has forever altered our understanding and appreciation of food and cooking.–Back Cover

 

Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-To-Table Meal
Author: Kurt Timmermeister

To support his endeavors, Timmermeister prepared weekly dinners from the farm’s bounty. With the menus designed to reflect the changing seasons on Vashon Island, the Cookhouse dinners brought people out fo the city and onto the farm to share a locally grown, home-cooked meals. Growing a Feast tells the story of a Kurtwood Farms Cookhouse dinner, from farm to table.–Book Jacket

Veterans’ Week #RememberThem

November 1, 2016 • Written by

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Veterans know the price paid for our freedom and they want all Canadians to share in this understanding. They are passing the torch of remembrance to us, the people of Canada, to ensure that the memory of their efforts and sacrifices will not die with them, and that an appreciation of the values they fought for will live on in all Canadians.

Are you planning a social media tribute?

Every year in November, we stop to remember, salute and honour Canada’s Veterans and active duty personnel. This year, we hope that Canadians from coast to coast will join in to pay tribute to our heroes for their service and sacrifice. Let’s start a social media movement that tells our Veterans we #RememberThem.

poppy-iconYou can even dress up your online profile with social media ready pics and graphics:

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/get-involved/remembrance-day/social-media/acts-of-remembrance

Notre Dame Campus Window Display

Check out the Notre Dame Campus Library window display, which highlights books and materials chosen to help you to learn more about this topic. We have included a sample of the items below, however to view a complete list of books in the window display click here: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

first-world-warThe First World War

The origins of the First World War, both diplomatic and social, are discussed thoroughly examined. The reader is then taken through the major battles on the Eastern and Western fronts, and is given insight into the eventual Allied victory. The war at sea, on the home front, and in distant theaters is carefully examined. The war as it was experienced by the men in the trenches is also explored.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=80305

 

 

suicide-batallionSuicide battalion

Meet the men of the 46th Canadian Infantry (South Saskatchewan) — the raw recruits who would earn a reputation as the finest fighting soldiers of the First World War. Over 91 percent would be killed or wounded, They would never retreat, and they would never fail their country.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=13944

 

 

war-ended-peaceThe war that ended peace : the road to 1914

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress, and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe’s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment—so why did it happen?

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=122467

 

Learn More Through Streaming Video

Front Lines (National Film Board)

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A tribute to the combatants in the First World War, this film traces the conflict through the war diary and private letters of five Canadian soldiers and a nurse. Hearing them, the listener detects between the lines an unspoken horror censored by war and propriety. The film mingles war footage, historical photos and readings of excerpts from the diary and letters. The directorial talent of Claude Guilmain breathes life into these 90-year-old documents and accompanying archival images so that we experience the human face and heart of the conflict.

 

Billy Bishop Goes to War (Curio)

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More than 30 years after first mounting their celebrated stage production of Billy Bishop Goes to War, Eric Peterson says he and musical accompanist John Gray have lost none of their ardour for the war hero’s tale. Nearing the end of his life, an aged Bishop (Peterson) recounts the triumphs and horrors of The Great War, “the war to end all wars”. Through raucous stories, haunting memories, and vibrant song, Bishop traces his journey to becoming the top flying ace of the British Empire. A story of the human cost of war on a scale the world had never seen before, this is an intimate and powerful portrait of a man who continues to capture the imagination.

 

Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear (Curio)

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For Canada the stakes are unprecedented. More than a billion dollars in aid has been promised to Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime. And with close to 100 Canadian soldiers killed, the military mission in the war-torn country has exacted a considerable human toll. As the mammoth task of rebuilding Afghanistan continues, it’s time to address a contentious question: is all of this effort making a difference to the lives of Afghans? Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear takes viewers into the heart of a country that has been the subject of such intense debate and asks whether or not the lives of ordinary citizens are improving. In order to gain unique access to Afghans living in remote and particularly dangerous areas, the CBC engaged local journalists and camera crews. Through a series of intensely personal stories delving into a range of topics, the program examines the big issues: is the country descending into further instability? Or is real progress being made?

 

Consider these EBSCOhost e-Books

canada-in-world-war-i-outstanding-victories-create-a-nationCanada in World War I : Outstanding Victories Create a Nation

This fascinating book describes Canada’s coming of age during World War I on the battlefields and at home. When Britain declared war on Germany, it meant that Canada was at war, too. Most Canadians supported the war, but the government faced opposition about conscription from French-speaking Canadians who did not feel a particular loyalty to Britain. In the air, the incredible feats of Canadian flying ace Billy Bishop made him a hero back home. On the battlefield, Britain came to rely on Canadian soldiers, who had a formidable reputation for taking and holding military objectives when other troops had failed. Find out how the victories of Canadian “shock troops” in battles at Ypres (where they faced mustard gas poisoning), the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, and Passchendaele helped give Canada a presence on the world stage.

https://login.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=787152&site=ehost-live

 

padresPadres in No Man’s Land, Second Edition : Canadian Chaplains and the Great War

Padres in No Man’s Land is the compelling story of brave and deeply committed army chaplains who brought faith and courage to Canada’s troops during one of history’s most devastating wars. Tracing the growth of the Canadian Chaplain Service from its chaotic and controversy-ridden early days to its maturation as an efficient field force, Duff Crerar highlights both the role of the Service on the battlefield and the personal experiences of the chaplains. Refuting the widely held view that chaplains serving overseas were cloistered from front-line realities, Crerar describes the padres’experiences in camps, hospitals, and on the battlefield. He examines how they maintained their faith in the face of death and destruction, and explores the bonds forged between chaplains and troops. Padres in No Man’s Land concludes in the postwar era with the decline of the chaplains’hopes for spiritual renewal upon their return to Canada – their dreams dashed not by the war, but by the subsequent peace.

https://login.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=831053&site=ehost-live

 

ghost-of-heroes-pastGhost of Heroes Past

Thirteen-year-old Johnny Anders is something of a misfit, with no friends and a poor school record, but all this begins to change when he is awakened one night to find a soldier-ghost in his bedroom. Johnny is taken back to meet a series of unusual heroes in Canada’s war history. These include Joan Bamford Fletcher, who commandeered Japanese soldiers to take hundreds of wounded civilians to safety through the jungles of Indonesia, and the much-decorated Raymond Collishaw, through whom Johnny learns that Canada played a role in the Russian Revolution. Even as he is making his discoveries, Johnny becomes close friends with Casey Collishaw, the great-granddaughter of Raymond Collishaw. Together the pair set about uncovering why it is that Johnny has been chosen to be a witness to Canadians at war.

https://login.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=608040&site=ehost-live

 

Happy Holidays from RRC Library Staff

December 14, 2015 • Written by

With a well-deserved break fast approaching, we at RRC Library want to wish you all of the best in the holiday season and in the new year to come. Below are some highlights of the beautiful Christmas decorations put up by the Library staff this year. Enjoy!

Holiday Wreath at EDC Library
Holiday Wreath at EDC Library

 

Christmas Tree at EDC Library entrance
Christmas Tree at EDC Library Entrance

 

Christmas display behind Circulation Desk at NDC Library
Christmas Display Behind Circulation Desk at NDC Library

 

Christmas tree in NDC Library sitting area
Christmas Tree in NDC Library Sitting Area

 

Polar Bears at NDC Library
Polar Bears at NDC Library

 

Christmas display at EDC Library
Christmas Light Display at EDC Library

 

Book Tree at NDC Library
Book Tree at NDC Library

 

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